This past weekend Columbine offensive lineman John Lisella cemented his relationship with Colorado by making his verbal to the Buffs. The 6-5 245 pound lineman, who runs a 4.9 forty, was in contact with schools across the nation but is, "firmly committed" to Colorado.
Citing multiple reasons for his decision, Lisella and his family were very impressed with the Colorado staff. Regarding Coach Embree, Lisella talked about the Head Coaches' soft spoken and pertinent style. Lisella also spoke very highly of Colorado offensive line coach Steve Marshall. Lisella, who potentially has the ability to play all five offensive line positions, is especially excited to learn from Marshall's 30 plus years of experience. Also weighing heavily on Lisella's decision was proximity to home. Both Lisella and his father talked about how important watching John play in college was to the family. Family and football are intertwined for the Lisella's, John's father played at William & Mary and was the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick champion at Superbowl Eight.
Always a Columbine Rebel, Lisella spoke about former Buffs and Columbine alumni Ryan Miller and Curtis Cunningham, stating, "I will work hard and play hard and bring that to Colorado like Ryan and Curtis did." At 6-5 245, Lisella is currently undersized for a Pac 12 lineman and as such he may redshirt or grayshirt, but he also has a great frame and long levers and should, in time, be able to pack on the needed appropriate weight. Another factor in Lisella's future DI success is his athleticism. Not only does Lisella legitimately run in the 4.9s, he is also a very good lacrosse player for a Columbine team that made it to the state finals.
With his decision firm, Lisella is now concentrating on helping Columbine defend their 5A football championship. With running back Bernard McDondle and yet again another talented Rebel offensive line, two titles in a row is not out of the question.